Vote Murihiku Southland 2022
Keep up to date with voting numbers in our District here
Cast your vote at the following locations:
- Our main office
- BP Gore
- Gore Visitor Centre
- Mataura Library / Service Centre
- Gore Library
Voting bins are removed 5:00pm Friday 7 October. On Saturday 8 October, you'll need to bring your votes in to our main office between 9:00am and 12 noon - no exceptions.
Special Voting Information
Special votes are available throughout the voting period for anybody:
- who is on the unpublished (confidential) roll
- whose name is not included on the printed roll used for the election, or who has been wrongly deleted from the roll
- whose address on the roll is out of date and they have been living at a new address in a different ward/community/constituency for one month or more
- who has enrolled after the printed roll closed
- who has spoilt, lost or not received their ordinary voting documents
- who cannot cast an ordinary vote without incurring hardship or undue inconvenience (eg out of the country during the voting period)
How to request a special voting pack:
You can collect a special voting pack from our main office, 29 Bowler Avenue, Gore from Friday 16 September until Friday 7 October. Pop in during office opening hours or phone the Deputy Electoral Officer on 209 0330 to get a special voting pack posted to you.
Gore District Council seats where an election is required are the mayoralty, Gore ward, District-wide ward, and Mataura Community Board.
Mataura Licensing Trust seats where an election is required are Gore ward and the Mataura ward.
Here's a list of candidates for this year's elections. You can learn more about each candidate in our 2022 Candidates Profile booklet available using this link.
Mayoralty (1 vacancy)
- Ben Bell (Team Hokonui) – nominated by Lester Paisley & Diane Stringer
- Tracy Hicks – nominated by Ian Tulloch & Annie Nelson
Gore Ward (5 vacancies)
- Glenys Dickson – nominated by Peter Goodger & Ann La Hood
- Nick Grant – nominated by Mary Ogg QSO & Glenn Puna
- Bret Highsted – nominated by Stephen Coyle & Karl Metzler
- Robert (Caveman) McKenzie (Team Hokonui) – nominated by John McIntyre & Richard Gaudion
- Paul McPhail – nominated by Bronwyn Reid & Douglas Grant
- Stephen McStay – nominated by Gregory Caughey & Peter Nicholson
- Bronwyn Reid – nominated by Margaret Macgregor & Noeline McDiarmid
- Janeen Reti (Team Hokonui) – nominated by Aaron Broekhoff & Kirsty Smith
- Reuben Turipa – nominated by Jackie Morgan & Yvonne McRae
District-wide ( 3 vacancies)
- Liz Adams-Gray – nominated by Lynette Tattersall & Veronica Adams
- Steven Boko Dixon – nominated by Wayne Neiman & Susan Neiman
- Keith Hovell (Positive Change) – nominated by Ian Davidson-Watts & Rena Butel
- Richard McPhail – nominated by Michael O'Neill QSM & Ann La Hood
- Joe Stringer (Team Hokonui) – nominated by Stuart Davie & Adam Newton
Waikaka ward (1 vacancy)
- John Gardyne – nominated by Dougal Stringer & Robert Irwin
Kaiwera-Waimumu ward (1 vacancy)
Stewart MacDonell – nominated by Peter Hargest & Graham Sharp
Mataura ward (1 vacancy)
- Neville Phillips – nominated by Wayne Murray & Murray Scobie
Mataura Community Board (5 vacancies)
- Gina Adcock – nominated by Scott Bradbury & Amy Bartlett
- Nicky Coats – nominated by Elese Lucassen & Anna Kaui
- Steve Boko Dixon – nominated by Linda Sinclair & Susan Taylor
- Darren Matahiki – nominated by Maria Pera & Amelia Conroy
- Matu-Taera Coleman-Clarke – nominated by Fona Ramage & Darren Matahiki
- Tanya Rowling – nominated by Linda Sinclair & Susan Taylor
- Melissa Storer – nominated by Luke Bartlett & Averil Duncan
- Colleen Te Au – nominated by Maria Pera & Amelia Conroy
- Laurel Turnbull – nominated by Karon Turipa & Kathleen Cowan
- Constance Waihape – nominated by Amelia Conroy & Z'varnah Roberts
Mataura Licensing Trust
Ward 1 Tapanui (1 vacancy)
- Horace McAuley – nominated by Bruce Hanna & Suzanne Wink
Ward 2 Gore (3 vacancies)
- Jimmy Allison – nominated by Reymond Rankin & John Tutty
- Bryan Bunny Burgess – nominated by Paul Carroll & Mark Robinson
- Alan Byrne – nominated by Donald McDougall & Drewe Carran
- Craig Marshall _ nominated by Lee-Anne Hewlett & Joanne McConnell
Ward 3 Mataura (1 vacancy)
- Brendon (Moe) Murray – nominated by Mark Hunter & Callum Sinclair
- Colleen Te Au – nominated by Maria Pera & Constance Waihape
Ward 4 Rural (1 vacancy)
- Vince Aynsley – nominated by Anthony Copland & Andrew Tripp
Ward 5 Edendale (1 vacancy)
- Jeannine Cunningham – nominated by Jennifer Coyle & Brent Shepherd
Ward 6 Wyndham (1 vacancy)
- Marc Robertson – nominated by Mark Isaacs & Corrina Medley
Ward 7 Tokanui (1 vacancy)
- Todd Lyders – nominated by Philip Golden & William Brunton
Gore & Districts Health Inc
Gore ward (4 vacancies)
- Peter Alexander Grant – nominated by Ronald Bannerman & Angela Osborne
- Rebecca Tayler – nominated by Mishel Kaaplan & Shanna Crosbie
Clutha Ward (1 vacancy)
- Cecil Crawford – nominated by Barbara Hanna & Barry Munro
Southland Ward (1 vacancy)
No nominations have yet been received
- Friday 15 July - nominations open. Electoral roll open for inspection
- Thursday 21 July - candidate briefing evening, 6:00pm at our main office, 29 Bowler Avenue, Gore.
- Friday 12 August - nominations close at 12 noon.
- Friday 16 September - delivery of voting papers starts. Ordinary and special voting opens.
- Saturday 8 October - election day, voting closes at 12 noon.
We collaborated with our colleagues at Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council, and Environment Southland to bring you Vote Murihiku 2022 - a campaign to get as many people as possible across Murihiku Southland taking part in this year's election.
Local Government New Zealand and Taituarā have also developed a website to support Vote 22. You will find a lot of really helpful information by clicking on this link to VoteLocal.
Standing for Election
If you have decided to stand for election, congratulations. We've put together this informative handbook for candidates with important dates and facts about being in local government.
It’s an exciting time to be part of local government and local elections are a great opportunity to see your community progress from your dedication. A democracy only succeeds if people who care for the community are prepared to give it a go, do their bit and have a say.
Successful local election candidates are those that take the time to listen to their communities, engage with the people within them and go on to champion their voice as their representative.
One of the most important challenges facing a candidate is how to successfully promote themselves and their ideas to the community.
Get out there and talk to people – find out how individuals and families in your communities are feeling, what are their needs and wants? Then put together a strategy to address these issues as a leader, the more in-tune you are, the better you’ll be as a leader.
All candidates must declare any donations or expenses they incur during their campaigns. Even if they don't incur any costs, the Electoral Donations and Expenses form must be filled in with a Nil return.
Donations can be monetary, goods or services, or a combination of both. However, donations to a candidate of labour only or donations of goods and services that have a fair market value of $300 or less do not have to be declared.
This report brings together information in the 10-Year-Plan 2021-2031, annual reports and the latest annual plan. It is intended as a tool to promote informed debate and to assist both voters and candidates in the run-up to the election.
The Council's strategic planning documents - 10-Year-Plan (10YP) and Annual Plan - can be found here. The Annual Plan profiles our work programme for the coming financial year. The Pre-Election Report provides a better understanding of the issues facing the District as set out in the 10YP.
The report has a summary of the major projects either underway or proposed to be undertaken over the next three years, together with forecast financial information for the same period. Also included is the actual and planned performance against the self-imposed limits contained in our financial strategy. The financial strategy and accompanying infrastructure strategy are a core part of the 10YP and are used as a cornerstone for making Council decisions.